What is copyright?
When an author writes a book or creates a publication, it is copyright law that protects the content. In PLD’s case, this means when we publish a printed resource, an eBook, digital materials or even information on this website, we are protected by copyright.

Why is copyright law so important?
Yes, the copyright laws are strict, and for a very good reason. Copyright acts as protection from people modifying, copying or sharing content beyond what they are legally entitled to. All creators of materials (i.e. authors, artists, composers and publishers) make a living from the sale of their works.
At PLD, we are proud to be an Australian owned and operated organisation. A significant number of the synthetic phonics programs available in Australia originate from the UK. Copyright law protects Australian creators so that we can continue to create original Australian Structured Synthetic Phonics (SSP) resources for use in schools.

Does my school have a statutory licence?
The following short video explains the Statutory Education Licence. All government schools automatically have a statutory licence in place. If you work in a private or independent school, you may wish to to check that a statutory licence is in place by contacting: educationlicences@copyright.com.au. With the statutory licence in place, your school or institution is permitted to copy 10% of the text and images over the period of a year.



Can I share PLD materials electronically?
Yes, you can, but only a ‘reasonable proportion’. If you have a ‘statutory license’ (i.e. outlined above) then the Authorised Purchaser is permitted to ‘communicate’ or share (i.e. email or place on an intranet) up to 10% of that resource within the period of a year.

Can I share PLD materials with friends and/or colleagues?
PLD’s printed programs may only be used by the Authorised Purchaser, and the Authorised Purchaser’s students, and only in conjunction with classes taken by the Authorised Purchaser. The Authorised Purchaser is defined as the original purchaser of the PLD materials.

Can I photocopy PLD material to use in my classroom?
Yes you can, but only a ‘reasonable proportion’. If you have a ‘statutory license’ (i.e. outlined above) then you are permitted to copy, ‘a reasonable portion of works you own for educational purposes. The Australian Copyright Council deems a ‘reasonable portion’ to be 10% of the total number of pages or 1 chapter.

Can we store PLD resources in our library, is this allowed?
Yes, but to a degree. The PLD printed materials can be stored in a library, however, the 'statutory licence' where you can print up to 10% a year still applies. Your school library may be called upon to be a part of the ELR/PLR survey at some stage in the future. Find out more about the ELR/PLR scheme here.

Can we purchase a lisense to use PLD resources throughout our school?
At the moment no, but we are working hard on making it available soon! Please fill out this form and we will contact you shortly.

I am still not sure, how can I receive more clarification about PLD’s copyright terms?
We are always on hand to answer your questions, if you still have a question or require further clarification, please get in contact with us using the online chat function in the bottom right hand corner of this website or contact Smartcopying.edu.au.

Quick links to other copyright FAQ's:
PLD eBooks, how can they be used? What is the copyright policy? Can I share them with a friend/colleague?
PLD printed materials, how can they be used? What is the copyright policy? Can I share them with a friend/colleague?
What is the copyright in relation to PLD's free downloadable resources and screening tools?
We would like to add the PLD resources to a shared server, is this allowed?
Where can I read PLD's copyright statement?
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